I am a not a fan of the Mail and I think that if you are reading it, it’s not for the news but for how it makes you feel. It preys on your fears, insecurities and emotions – essentially it’s reptilian brain news. Have a go at the random Mail headline generator for a bit of a laugh. It’s a paper written for people who don’t want the facts but want to read click bait and have their blood pressure raised.
Anyway, I was directed towards this article that was about the Escape Artist and how you can use the 4% rule and if you spend £25,000 a year, retire on £625,000 or how to retire in your 40s without earning a fortune. There’s a similar article which allows FI with only self-denial of avocado.
Ok – since it’s for the swivel-eyed Daily Mail readers, it is not written so much as to educate the readers and to direct them towards FI as to evoke rage, envy, jealousy, hated and righteous indignation. A bit like this article. Hey it’s the mail – what do you expect.
What interested me was the comments. I thought that maybe this is a point where FIRE becomes widespread, conventional, household name, something we are all talking about and working towards. Well, from the comments almost everyone was criticising FIRE and saying it’s not possible and that it is somehow wrong – fundamentally.
Either you are depriving your kids holidays in the sun – which as we know is the best guage of how well you raise your children – To how being a miser is rubbish and how it’s ok for some but how FIRE is not an option if you are only earning £Xk a year (tip, if X = <25, then FIRE income can be X – Y and not 25).
Here are the best rated comments as of about 1pm on 17th September.